SfN – Young Investigator Award

Expire le 11 mai 2023

The Young Investigator Award, supported by Sunovion, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence.

Recipients receive a $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting..

For more information, please review the Awards and Funding FAQs.

Nomination Criteria & Materials

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.
  • Nominees do not need to be SfN members.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • No person may nominate more than one candidate.
  • Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.
  • Due to the potential conflicts of interest, members of the selection committee may not be the nominees and they cannot serve as nominators nor write letters of recommendation.

Nomination materials include the following:

  • One nomination letter and a maximum of two optional letters of recommendation
    • One must be from the nominee’s current or previous mentor
  • Current CV, including date on which the advanced degree was awarded
  • A list of up to five of the nominee’s most important published papers


  • Nominees must be actively engaged in research at the time the award is given.
  • Nominees must show evidence of heading an independent research laboratory.
  • Nominees must have received a PhD or MD (or equivalent) within the past 10 years.*
  • Post-docs are ineligible.

*Time taken off for child-rearing does not count in these totals. Part-time work and other special circumstances are evaluated at the discretion of the committee.